Food industry representatives can learn how to minimise the risk of developing musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) next month.
The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s (IOSH) food and drink group is inviting delegates to learn how to stop and control MSDs.
It promises experts who will be sharing the latest trends, best practices when it comes to detecting, controlling and getting rid of things that cause MSDs among food and drink workers, and up-to-date technology.
Working hours lost to back injuries
Back injuries and other MSDs are a statistically leading reason behind severe injuries and prosecutions within the British food sector.
In addition, they are a significant factor behind lowering the life quality of workers affected, often bringing emotional stress.
John Boyle, the group chair, says its yearly Health and Safety Benchmarking poll has helped it identify the extent of food and drink industry employees’ well-being over the past six years.
He says that March’s event will look at the intricacies of MSDs as well as how companies can effectively manage workplace MSDs.
Delegates will also hear the ways in which staff can successfully get back to work after a spell of illness or injury.
Mr Boyle says its latest Benchmarking survey shows a substantial amount of work-related upper limb MSDs and back injuries.
But he says it also finds that the number of hours lost to accidents has decreased.
Date Published: February 24, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown